September 17, 2016
ISSUE | SODA TAX Mayor bending truth Teamsters Local 830 is delighted that the American Beverage Association (ABA) has filed suit against the City of Philadelphia to stop the unconstitutional beverage tax ("Lawsuit filed on soda tax," Thursday). We warned Mayor Kenney before he signed the tax into law in June that a lawsuit would result. Now, he's disingenuously maligning me and this union as being against universal pre-K and the city's children. That's false. We support pre-K but believe there is a fairer, more-equitable, and more-sustainable way to fund it. The mayor also is misleading Council on another major purpose for this blatant cash grab - shoring up the city's depleted fund balance with $40 million in beverage-tax revenue.
September 15, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Clinton flirting with disaster After Hillary Clinton's statement Friday that half of Donald Trump's supporters belong in a "basket of deplorables," she tried to remove the bullet from her foot Saturday by saying she regretted the comment ("Another uproar in ugly campaign," Sunday). As a loyal Democrat and Clinton supporter, I expect an occasional goof, but this was a minor disaster, albeit the sort of hateful utterance Trump himself can't seem to avoid.
September 15, 2016
By Peter F. Vaira The most important task Bruce Beemer must perform in his short but crucial term as attorney general is to clear up the porngate scandal. The bar, the courts, and the public must know what was going on with the mass ex parte communications between state prosecutors and the judges of the courts of Pennsylvania. Prosecutors and former prosecutors I have spoken with are offended by the scandal. The full details have been kept secret for too long. The delay in exposing the limits of this scandal appears to many as another instance of lawyers protecting lawyers.
August 21, 2016 |
Question: One of my best friends committed suicide two years ago, devastating me and our group of friends. It's been an incredibly hard healing process. In the immediate aftermath, another friend in our group, "Beth," got emotional support from and eventually started dating someone else in our group. They are still together. A couple of nights ago, Beth told me that, as much hurt as our friend's passing caused, she has to "thank her" for bringing her and her boyfriend together. I don't believe she meant that statement in a malicious way, but it really hurt me. I was in so much shock when she said it that I didn't respond in the moment, but I feel like I can't just let it go. I'm wondering what's the best way for me to talk to her about this with minimal hurt feelings.
August 19, 2016
By Noah Feldman It's never the wrongdoing - it's the lying about it. Former Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who announced her resignation Tuesday in the face of a possible 14-year sentence for her conviction on perjury charges, proves the truth of that adage for public corruption cases. Leaking grand jury proceedings to embarrass a political rival would not have gotten her sent to prison. But lying about it under oath could and will. How could a state's top law-enforcement official be so dumb?
August 4, 2016 |
Donald Trump's long-tortured relationship with the truth is nearing a point of total estrangement. The Republican presidential nominee tweeted over the weekend that rival Hillary Clinton and her fellow Democrats "are trying to rig the debates" by scheduling them during NFL games. (In fact, the bipartisan debate commission, independent of parties and candidates, announced the dates on Sept. 23, 2015.) He further alleged that "I got a letter from the NFL saying, 'This is ridiculous.' " (The National Football League says it sent no such letter.)
August 1, 2016 |
The balloons and confetti have dropped, and the candidates have left the stage. But the false and misleading claims from both political conventions will remain part of the campaign right to November. Here we present some of those claims from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and other speakers at the GOP convention in Cleveland and the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. What they said about each other Clinton misrepresented a quote from Trump's convention speech. She said, "Don't believe anyone who says:'I alone can fix it,' " suggesting that he was boasting that he could fix everything by himself.
July 20, 2016 |
The truth will set you free. It's a favorite expression, soothing in a world where doubt is among our greatest enemies. We take "facts" at face value because it's uncomfortable not to, and we almost always forget to ask, "Which truth?" Which truth will set us free, and are there others that might enslave us despite attempts to break their chains? These are the questions playwright Emily Acker probes in I Am Not My Motherland , her first full-length stage production, presented by Orbiter 3 at St. Stephen's Theater.
July 17, 2016 |
Question: I've been separated for a few months from my wife of 19 years and three kids. The separation stemmed from my infidelity - a mistake I made to run from my marital problems instead of to communicate, try to work through them, and take a stand for my happiness. It was cowardly, and I regret it deeply. We are in couple's counseling and both want to find a way to reconcile, but we are struggling to get there. She can't forgive me, and I am unable to convince her I am sorry enough without completely submitting and denying my authenticity.
June 30, 2016 |
Question: I always learned growing up that if I didn't have the money for something, I shouldn't buy it. As an adult, I make a decent salary, but my wife and I have struggled with a bunch of unexpected medical bills for the last few years. Which happens. My parents live in another state and want us to visit often. Visiting my parents is very stressful for me and hell for my wife; she is disabled, and getting her on a plane is a huge production. When I tell them we can't afford to come as often as they'd like us to, which is the plain truth, they turn around and send us money for the plane tickets.